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Valentines Already

The Christmas Season just ended (especially for me) and they are sure jumping on the Valentines bandwagon already. Valentines is my second least favorite holiday (behind Halloween). Plain and simple it is a Hallmark Holiday. And maybe if I had someone to spend it with I would feel differently but probably not. I don’t need chocolates and flowers just die. And yes cute little teddy bears holding hearts that say “I Love You” are cute but you can only have so many stuffed animals. My Valentine’s Day usually includes some Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey (again something I don’t need but oh so good) and watching Gone with the Wind, a movie where the lead character goes running after the man she loves in the fog after he basically tells her to take a hike. Not so romantic of an ending.

Christmas is Officially Over

Well I finally finished the Christmas read I started before Christmas. And I switched out my Christmas phone case and Christmas purse over the weekend so I guess Christmas is officially over for this Southern Belle. It was hard switching out my last little bits of Christmas.

One Week In

We are one week into the New Year and I really need to get my butt in gear. I have let things slide a little. I need to start my car reads again, my five and ten reading, and just reading in general. I was doing pretty good with reading a book before I was under the weather but I have hardly picked it up since feeling better and I was really enjoying it. Especially if I want to do more in 2020.

More in 2020

Sorry we are already a few days into the new year and I am just now getting to posting. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. My time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve was a whirlwind. And I rang in the new year and the first few days of 2020 a little under the weather and just plum exhausted. Yesterday was the first day I really felt like I was headed in the right direction and I spent it with my cousin (who got engaged at Disney World in October) at a local Bridal Show. That was a real eye opener and it confirmed my decision that when I find my Prince Charming we are getting married on a Disney Cruise. The big weddings are great for some people but not for me. But I’m getting away from the point of this post. I have decided in 2020 I want MORE.

Blog more

Laugh more

Love more

Be Happy more

Read more

Just more to life in general.

Harlequin Winter Book Tour

I’m not going to lie, when I first heard about this blog tour I was so excited. I love Holiday reads and I was going to be so good and read all of them. Well now here I sit one book read, one book started (but bearly) and the four others staring at me waiting for me to read. Life always seems to get in the way of my best laid plans.

Right now I will feature all six books and review the one I do have finished and posts reviews for the other five as I finish the books.

The Books

COWBOY CHRISTMAS REDEMPTION

Author: Maisey Yates

ISBN: 9781335009906

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: New York Times Bestselling author MaiseyYates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. 

Book Summary:

As snowflakes fall in Gold Valley, Oregon, will this rugged cowboy finally win the woman of his dreams?

Cowboy Caleb Dalton has loved single mom Ellie Bell, and her little daughter, Amelia, for years. But since Ellie is his best friend’s widow, Caleb’s head knows Ellie will always be strictly off-limits. If only his heart got the memo. So when Caleb discovers that Ellie has a Christmas wish list—and hopes for a kiss under the mistletoe—he’s throwing his cowboy hat into the ring. If anyone’s going to be kissing Ellie and sharing this magical time with her and her daughter, it’s him.

Ellie has dreaded the holidays since losing her husband. But this year, she’s finally ready to make some changes. She never expects the biggest change to be the heart-stopping kiss she shares with Caleb. For almost five years, Caleb has been her best friend, her rock, her salvation. This Christmas, can Caleb prove he’s also the missing puzzle piece of Ellie’s and Amelia’s hearts?

Christmas from the Heart  

Sheila Roberts

On Sale Date: September 24, 2019

9780778309611, 0778309614

Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD

Fiction / Romance / Contemporary 

304 pages

Summary:

USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts takes readers to a small, snowbound town, where a young woman fights to save her family’s charity that brings Christmas to families in need, and a stranded millionaire loses his heart and finds the true meaning of Christmas.

Sometimes you need to look beyond the big picture to see what really matters

Olivia Berg’s charity, Christmas from the Heart, has helped generations of families in need in Pine River, Washington, but this year might be the end of the road. Hightower Enterprises, one of their biggest donors since way back when Olivia’s grandmother ran the charity, has been taken over by Ebenezer Scrooge the Second, aka CFO Guy Hightower, and he’s declared there will be no more money coming to Christmas from the Heart.

Guy is simply being practical. Hightower Enterprises needs to tighten its belt, and when you don’t have money to spare, you don’t have money to share. You’d think even the pushy Olivia Berg could understand that.

With charitable donations dwindling, Olivia’s Christmas budget depends on Hightower’s contribution. She’s focused her whole life on helping this small town, even putting her love life on hold to support her mission.

When Guy’s Maserati breaks down at the edge of the Cascade foothills, he’s relieved to be rescued by a pretty young woman who drives him to the nearby town of Pine River. Until he realizes his rescuer is none other than Olivia Berg. What’s a Scrooge to do? Plug his nose and eat fruitcake and hope she doesn’t learn his true identity before he can get out of town. What could go wrong?

Author Bio:

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).

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Facebook: @funwithsheila

Twitter: @_Sheila_Roberts

Instagram: @funwithsheila

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AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS

Author: Jennifer Snow

ISBN: 9781335041500

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Twitter: @JenniferSnow18

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Author Bio: Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the RWA, the Alberta Writers Guild, Canadian Authors Association and SheWrites.org. Her first Brookhollow book was a finalist in the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold contest and the Golden Quill Award. More information can be found at http://www.jennifersnowauthor.com.

 

 Book Summary:

In Alaska, it’s always a white Christmas—but the sparks flying between two reunited friends could turn it red-hot…

If there’s one gift Erika Sheraton does not want for Christmas, it’s a vacation. Ordered to take time off, the workaholic surgeon reluctantly trades in her scrubs for a ski suit and heads to Wild River, Alaska. Her friend Cassie owns a tour company that offers adventures to fit every visitor. But nothing compares to the adrenaline rush Erika feels on being reunited with Cassie’s brother, Reed Reynolds.

Gone is the buttoned-up girl Reed remembers. His sister’s best friend has blossomed into a strong, skilled, confident woman. She’s exactly what his search-and-rescue team needs—and everything he didn’t know he craved. The gulf between his life in Wild River and her big-city career is wide. But it’s no match for a desire powerful enough to melt two stubborn hearts…

A WEDDING IN DECEMBER 

Author: Sarah Morgan

ISBN: 9781335147271

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than eleven million copies of her books. She was nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award three times: once in 2012 for Doukakis’s Apprentice, in 2013 for A Night of No Return and in 2017 for Miracle on 5th Avenue. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their Top Pick slot. As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer, and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London, England, with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

 

Book Summary:

 

This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

 

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

Blog Tour Assets / CHRISTMAS IN SILVERSPRINGS Brenda Noval

CHRISTMAS IN SILVER SPRINGS

Author: Brenda Novak

ISBN: 9780778308256

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: MIRA BOOKS

 

BIO: Brenda Novak, a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, has penned over sixty novels. She is a six-time nominee for the RITA Award and has won the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Bookbuyer’s Best, and many other awards. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.5 million. For more about Brenda, please visit http://www.brendanovak.com.

 

BOOK SUMMARY: 

Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. 

 

So much for forever. When Elle Devlin’s rockstar husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected packages when she crosses paths with Tobias Richardson.

 

The moment Tobias spots Elle, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Elle is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction, and a desire neither saw coming.

 

Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t divulge his ex-con status, let alone the shameful details. So when Elle’s ex shows up in Silver Springs and reveals the truth in a bid to win her back, Tobias is sure he’s lost her for good. But, just maybe, this Christmas he’ll receive the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.

 

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TWITTER: @Brenda_Novak

FB: @BrendaNovakAuthor

Insta: @authorbrendanovak

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COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS 

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

ISBN: 9781335504999

Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Publisher: HQN Books

 

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Author Bio: New York Times bestselling author RaeAnneThayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

 

Book Summary:

Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

Southern Belle Reads: A Few Updates

🚙 My most recent completed car read was The Mister by E L James the author of the Fifty Shades Series.  Wow a totally different story than Fifty Shades but very good.  

📚 I really need to start my 5&10 reading again.  I have really let it slip by.  
📚 Next year I am going to try and a) catch up on and b) stay up on the Read with Jenna books (from the Today Show).  I hardly ever watch the Today Show but her book picks seem to be pretty popular and good.
📚 Right now the Goodreads Reader Choice Voting is going on.  I have to say I’m a little unhappy that Grateful American didn’t make the cut.  To me that was by far the best book of 2019.  

Disney Childhood

As far back as I can remember Disney Movies/TV has been a big part of my life. I guess that is where my love of Disney comes from. With the launch of Disney+ today, which will be like a blast from the past, I thought I would share some of my Disney filled Childhood with you.

🐘 My favorite Childhood Disney Channel Show was Dumbo’s Circus

🧜🏻‍♀️ First Disney Movie I remember seeing in the theater, The Little Mermaid

🧳☂️🎠🧹 I used to play Mary Poppins and Bed-knobs and Broomsticks

🐩 I loved 101 Dalmatians so much my first dog was a Dalmatian puppy.

🌷👑💋 My favorite Princess movie is Sleeping Beauty

❤️ I loved D2 The Mighty Ducks for the hot guys (especially the cowboy 🤠) (I thought Joshua Jackson was cool before Dawson’s Creek)

So far I’m not 100% thrilled, there are a few things missing I thought would be on here. (I think part of me was hoping Dumbo’s Circus would be on Disney+. But that’s not the only thing.)